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Erika's weekend picks for Jan. 12-13

There are some great library events, monster trucks and the last chance to ice skate this season in Bellevue.

MLK Program with Live Paint!
Sat, Jan 12 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Shoreline Library. FREE

Through storytelling, theater arts and creative writing, learn about the big words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at this event guaranteed to inspire, empower, educate and entertain people of all ages.


Lake City Library Reopening Celebration
Sat, Jan 12 1-3 p.m.
Lake City Branch Library. FREE

The doors are open to the Lake City Library and the world (inside thousands of books). Come see the completed remodel, meet the city librarian, enjoy local entertainment and refreshments, and find some incredible books to read.


"Around the World in 80 Days"
Sat, Jan 12 1-2 p.m.
Second Story Repertory, Redmond

Back in the olden days, it took months to go around the world. Tag along on a madcap adventure using moves locomotives, steamers and hilarity to make the trip in half the time. The show runs 1 and 3 p.m. weekends through Jan 27. Recommended for grade school-aged children. All-ages shows held on Sundays. $6-$12.


Monster Jam
7 p.m. Sat, Jan 12
 Tacoma Dome

Bring your earplugs and your vocal chords and cheer on your favorite monster trucks and they compete against each other in speed runs and stunts at the Tacoma Dome. Show runs through Jan. 14. $15-$50, free ages 2 and younger only if they sit on a lap.


Cascade Canines
Sun, Jan 13 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Bellevue

Did you know foxes can climb trees? They are the only canids that can. Did you know coyotes can tiptoe? They do it to sneak up on their prey. Come learn more about Washington’s furry canines and practice your howl with a park ranger this month.

Best for children ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult(s). No pre-registration or RSVP required.


Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Sun, Jan 13
Bellevue Downtown Park

It’s the final weekend to skate, glide and slide outside at the region’s largest open-air ice-skating experience. BYO skates or rent them there. $15 admission (includes skate rental), $10 admission for ages 8 years and younger. Times vary daily; check the website.

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